Those opposed to recently approved Measure 21-177 (Aerial Spray Ban) say they have to roll up their sleeves and expand the conversation with Lincoln County residents..
Coalition to Defeat Measure 21-177 Statement on Election Results
NEWPORT, OR – Alan Fujishin, Director of the Coalition to Defeat Measure 21-177 and Co-Manager of Gibson Farms in Siletz, released the following statement regarding the outcome of Measure 21-177:
“We are disappointed in the outcome of this election. We believe Measure 21-177 to be a dangerous ordinance that is rife with unintended consequences. This Measure will hurt Lincoln County’s family-owned businesses and create an ongoing threat to the public safety of every resident. The legality of Measure 21-177 is highly dubious as it attempts to supersede existing state and federal laws, even our Constitution.”
“Our County’s natural resource experts, including the farmers, foresters and fisherman this Measure directly impacts, were not consulted before this Measure was drafted and qualified for the ballot. We believe that our experience and valuable insights on the science and safety of current practices should be part of any constructive conversation on pesticide use. While we are disappointed that our perspectives were not included in this Measure, the extremely close result of this election is a clear message that we need to expand our conversation with our community. We are, and will continue to be, committed to an open and constructive dialogue about the future of natural resources in this County and the management tools upon which natural resource professionals rely. We look forward to initiating an inclusive conversation about our practices in Lincoln County.”
“We thank all the Lincoln County residents and leaders who stood up for public safety, small businesses and good governance by speaking out against Measure 21-177, and we remain resolved to hear and address the concerns of our community.”